Events and Programs
Sweet Arrow Lake County Park
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 Program Schedule for 2018

All events will be held at the Sweet Arrow Lake County Park Clubhouse unless otherwise noted.  
All programs are conducted by, or in cooperation with, the Schuylkill County Department of Parks and Recreation.

**** Seedling Sale  
Oder deadline-Wednesday April 4th 
Pick up date- Saturday, April 28th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM 
Please pick up the seedlings you ordered. Pick up will be located in the upper parking lot behind the Large Pavilion.  The Schuylkill County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer all questions.

****Family Fun Fishing Event
Sunday April 22rd 2018
Check-in begins at 6:30am April 22 at clubhouse area or at the PA Fish and Boat Access Area pavilion. If you pre-registered, no need to check-in till you need your food voucher.  Registration may close early at Boat Access but will remain open at clubhouse till 1:15pm.  Breakfast (6am) and Lunch available at clubhouse benefit Schuylkill County Sportsmen’s Association.  Disk Golf, Trails, Playground
First 150 kids age 3-12 to register will receive $10 minimum value gift.  
All family members may fish but all persons 16 years old and older must have a PA Fishing License.
Prizes for tagged fish redeemable at A&A Bait Shop till day before event but you must be registered by April 22, 2018 to be eligible.  Bait shop is closed over winter so call to schedule an appointment.
All Tag prizes that are not redeemed by day before 2018 event will be drawn from list of previous year’s registrants at 1pm at 2019 kickoff event.
*NEW  200 Lunkers, average 20 inches and 2000 - 12 inch average Trout will be stocked.  Lunkers and tagged fish stocked at 8am April 22.  Many will be float stocked throughout lake. 
 * NEW  There will be 46 non-tag specific fish worth $100 each stocked.
Stream below falls will also be stocked.
Life jackets a must till May 1 for smaller craft as per PA Fish and Boat Law
Boaters please avoid fishing the cove April 22.
Lunch ends at 1:30pm.  All food vouchers must be redeemed from 6am to 1:30pm.

****Sweet Arrow Lake County Park BioBlitz and Outdoor Appreciation Day
Saturday, May 12th from Noon until 4:00 PM
 A BioBlitz means any large scale species identification effort. From 8:00 AM until Noon, our teams of experts will be scouring Sweet Arrow Lake County Park for as many different species as possible. They will be looking for Mammals, Macroinvertibrates, Insects and Spiders, Birds, Lichens and Mosses, Fungi, Vascular Plants, Trees, Reptiles and Amphibians (Herps), Fossils and Fish. At the end of the day, we will tally the results to get a total species count.
The Sweet Arrow Lake BioBlitz is intended more for educational benefits than for actual scientific study. 
The public is invited to join in the discovery of just how many different biological species our small group of experts can find in a short period of time. The findings will be on display in the Clubhouse for anyone to see and to have their questions answered by the experts.

In addition their will walks and educational programs.
8:00 AMBlitz begins with collection and recording (team members)
12:00 PM Displays open to public (Clubhouse)
1:00 PMStoryWalk® in the Park with Kathy Miller ****
1:30 PMBird Walk (assemble at Pavilion)
2:00 PMBook signing with Kathy Miller
2:00 PMFossils of Sweet Arrow Lake Program—(Pavilion)
2:45 PMTree Walk– Identification and properties (assemble at pavilion)
3:30 PMBlitz ends
4:00 PMFinal species tallies announced
1:00 PM to 4:00 PMLearn to fish with Trout Unlimited (Lake in front of Clubhouse)
12:00 PM to 3:30 PMScavenger hunt

Our Teams consist of :
MammalsPA Game Commission Staff
MacroinvertibratesSchuylkill Conservation District Staff
Insects and SpidersHarrisburg University Staff
BirdsDenise Donmoyer and Friends
Lichens and MossHarrisburg University Staff
FungiHarrisburg University Staff
Vascular PlantsHarrisburg University Staff
TreesSteve Ziegler, DCNR Forester
HerpsTom Powers and Monica Bortz
FishTrout Unlimited
FossilsJeri Jones

This program is free and open to the public. All ages are encouraged to attend.

**** Photo-Safari at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park 
Tuesday, May 15th at 6:00 PM
Join Bob Evanchalk as he leads you to some of the best areas in the park for photos.  Later, review the images and the group will choose the best.  This is a great way to improve your technique and gain pointers from fellow shutterbugs. Bring your digital camera, download cable, and an empty card.  Preregistration is requested.  Call 570-391-6400 to register.  Number of participants may be limited.  Rain or shine. This program is free and open to the public.  Suitable for teens and adults.

****Memorial Day Concert 
May 28th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Large Pavilion by the Clubhouse
The full ensemble of the M&J Jazz Band will be performing for the first time at the Sweet Arrow Lake County Park Large Pavilion. Seating will be in the yard in front of the pavilion so please bring a blanket or lawn chair. 

**** Introduction to Canoeing and Kayaking 
May 28th starting at 2:00 PM.  Meet at the Canoe Launch near the Clubhouse.
Ever want to try canoeing or kayaking?  This program will introduce you to the basics of boating safety, paddling and control.  Preregistration is required.  Number of participants will be limited.  Suitable for teens and adults.  Call 570-345-8952 to register.  This program is free.

****Canoe and Kayak  Rental Concession
Opens at the Canoe Launch near the Clubhouse on Memorial Day weekend, May 26th.  
Canoes, Kayaks, Rowboats. $10.00/hour, $17.00 for two hours, $25.00 for 3 hours, $40.00 for 4 hours.
Canoes and rowboats seat up to 3, kayaks seat one.  PFD and paddles are supplied.
Saturday, Sunday, Memorial Day Monday, July 4th and Labor Day Monday Only. Watercraft available on a first come first serve basis.
Times are 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM Other times and days may be available by appointment. For boat rental information call 570-345-8952 during the week (leave a message) On weekends after 11:00 AM call 570-345-3537. Call 570-345-8952 for information for groups.
Last rental is at 6:00 PM. All boats must be returned by 7:00 PM.
Rentals will be made if weather and lake conditions permit and staff is available.
Disc Golf Rentals- Same location and hours as boat rentals.  $20.00 deposit/rental returned when 3 discs are returned. 

**** Fish for free at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park 
Memorial Day (May 28th) and July 4th   Some things in life are free.  The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission allows anyone, resident or non-resident to fish without a fishing license.  It is the perfect way to reacquaint yourself to the sport or introduce someone young or old to a lifetime of the sport of fishing.  Fish-for-free days are held twice a year and apply to all waters of the Commonwealth.  All other fishing regulations still apply.

****Easy Does It Yoga
Wednesday, June 13 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.  at the Waterfall Road Pavilion of Sweet Arrow Lake County Park, Pine Grove.   
Standing Mountain, The Tree, and other fun standing postures will be shared by “Porcupine Pat” of the Schuylkill Conservation District who has been practicing yoga for over 40 years!  Participants will be shown gentle practices that you can take home to help become a happier and healthier you!  All yoga postures will be in standing position only so no mats are needed.  Beginners welcome!  Handouts will be available.  

Fee: $5.00 per person.  
For more information or to register contact Diakon at 570-624-3018

****King Frog Visits the Pond
Wednesday, June 20th, 2-3pm at the Waterfall Parking Lot Pavilion
This program for children has hand held wooden frogs to demonstrate the variety of frogs in wet areas and the giant frog that visits. Stories of crows, turtles, and coyotes will also be told. 
This program is presented by Dave “Big Owl” McSurdy and is free and open to the public.

****Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Program 
Thursday, June 21st, 6:30-8:30pm, Large Pavilion
Free program will be on monarch butterflies and other pollinators, and include information from Master Gardeners on what steps you can take with your own garden to attract these species and provide them a beneficial habitat. There will be an Indoor session and a short outdoor walk to view some plants and pollinators.

***Wildlife Day Camp 

***Wildlife Day Camp-1 (children from ages 4-6) from Tuesday, June 26 to Thursday, June 28 from 9:30-11:00 a.m.  
***Wildlife Day Camp-2 (children from ages 7-9) from Tuesday, June 26 to Thursday, June 28 from 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Eagles, animals, trees and water are just some of the backdrop that can make for a great summer outdoor program. Children are naturally curious and enjoy exploring and learning about plants and animals especially at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park in Pine Grove.

Your child can register for one of two outdoor camps to be held for children ages 4-9. Two camps are offered and include: Day Camp-1 (children from ages 4-6) from Tuesday, June 26 to Thursday, June 28 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. or Day Camp-2 (children from ages 7-9) from Tuesday, June 26 to Thursday, June 28 from 1:00-2:30 p.m.

The camps will be led by “Porcupine Pat” McKinney of the Schuylkill Conservation District and are being run on a “donation only” basis. “We want to make the camps available to all children regardless of ability to pay.” “You can pay for one day or all three days, whatever you decide is fine.” The focus of each camp is learning about wildlife, insects, plants and will include fun activities designed to stimulate curiosity and natural awareness. These camps are sponsored by the Snayberger Memorial Foundation and the Schuylkill Area Community Foundation. All campers must be pre-registered and you can do so by contacting “Porcupine Pat” at the conservation district at 570-391-3326 or via email

**** Annual 4th of July Concert in the Park
Wednesday, July 4th.  Concert begins at 6:00 PM.
Enjoy the Patriotic Sounds of the Pine Grove Community Band.  Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the concert at beautiful Sweet Arrow Lake County Park.  
Come early and take a walk on the boardwalk and trails. Enjoy the view of the falls, do some fishing, boating or spend some time simply relaxing in the Park.
The concert begins at 6:00 PM and is free to the public.

****Sneak A Peak at the Creek 
Saturday, July 7 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.  A good way to cool off and also better appreciate the aquatic critters in a creek study of the Upper Little Swatara Creek.  Join “Porcupine Pat” in a water adventure in search of mayflies, crayfish, water pennies and more!  Meets in the Waterfall Road parking lot.  Recommended for ages 6+.  All equipment is provided.

**** Sweet Arrow Splash  
Saturday, July 21st from 9:30am – 12:30pm, meets at Waterfall Parking Lot
Join Mike Centeleghe for a walk around the lake at our first county park and end up at the Waterfall Pavilion area to catch and observe some aquatic critters. This program is free and open to all ages.  Meets at the Waterfall Road parking lot

****How Indians Used Trees, Rocks, and Beads to Talk
Saturday, July 21st from 2-3pm, at the Waterfall Parking Lot Pavilion
Children will make a Petroglyph Rock to take home. Program presented by Dave “Big Owl McSurdy”. 

**** Full Moon Clambake and Night Float 
July 28th from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM at the Sweet Arrow Lake County Park Pavilion and Clubhouse.   .  Enjoy a clambake and afterward, take a guided moonlight walk in the Park, and then canoe/kayak under the moon.  Bring your own if you have it.  Don’t forget the pfd’s and lights.   6:00 – 7:00PM Clambake , 7:15 PM – Blue moon walk,  9:00 PM - Kayaking and canoeing.  A limited number of canoes and kayaks are available to rent at $5.00 (half price) on a first come basis.  For boat rentals call Denise at 570-345-8952  
Pre-registration is required.  To preregister call Susan at 570-624-3018.

****Fall Bird Walk   
Saturday, September 22,  from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Join local naturalist Denise “Nightowl” Donmoyer. Locate and identify from sight and song, resident and migratory species that inhabit the Park.  Maybe even see a Bald Eagle.  Meet in the Waterfall parking lot for this program that is free and open to beginning and experienced birdwatchers.  Walk will be cancelled in event of rain.  Call 570-345-8952 for information.

****Wee Ones Walk—Autumn Adventure
 Wednesday, October 10 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.   Meets in the Waterfall Road parking lot of Sweet Arrow Lake.  Heighten your child’s natural curiosity during a sensory nature walk with “Porcupine Pat” of the Schuylkill Conservation District.  The walk focuses on colors, textures, shapes, sounds and smells found in nature.  Recommended for children ages 3-6.

****Sweet Arrow Sojourn
Saturday, December 1 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.  “Porcupine Pat” leads us on this adventure featuring a jaunt around the park that includes some nice scenes of the water.  Meets at the Waterfall Road parking lot of Sweet Arrow Lake County Park.  All ages welcome!

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